IRS + Abortion Auditing = GOP-Backed Science Fiction in the Here-and-Now

Today, Wonkette linked to an article on MotherJones by Nickk Baumann about a new GOP-backed bill that would require the Internal Revenue Service to audit how folks use pre-tax money on abortions. Baumann interviewed tax analyst Christopher Begin, who said, “Were this to become law, people could end up in an audit, the subject of which could be abortion, rape, and incest. . . . If you pass the law like this, the IRS would be required to enforce it” (qtd. in Baumann par. 3). Perhaps it should be reassuring that, “The proposal, which House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has declared a top priority of the new Republican Congress, has 221 cosponsors and is expected to pass the House easily” (Baumann par. 4). Why is this a top priority? Shouldn’t the GOP, whose members claim to be focused on the economy and job growth, work on more pressing matters than using the technologies of taxation to curb access to biomedical technologies of choice. These idiots claim to want less government and less bureaucracy, but it is obvious that they want more control over the lives of American citizens by enforcing their skewed ideology and wonky do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do religious beliefs on others through more laws, penalties, and people responsible for enforcement (I suppose they could privatize the extra headcount necessary for these measures. A system of incentives such as a percentage of fines going to contractors could simultaneously create more jobs for like-minded goons to do the GOP’s dirty work). There is no decency, compassion, or understanding on the part of the GOP House members who support this bill. They make me feel like reality is a thread’s breadth away from The Handmaid’s Tale.

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Jason W. Ellis

I am an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I direct the B.S. in Professional and Technical Writing Program and coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.